Caucus News

Senator Henry Stern

Stern Bill to Combat Vote-By-Mail Misinformation Heads to Governor’s Desk

September 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Making sure people are penalized for intentionally spreading false and misleading information about every Californian’s right to receive and return a vote-by-mail ballot is the goal of SB 739 (Stern), which was sent to the Governor today after passing the Senate on a bi-partisan 32-0 vote early Tuesday morning.  The bill passed the Assembly on a bi-partisan 72-1 vote on Sunday night.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd’s Community Care Bill Clears Legislature

September 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Amid concerns about the impact of the coronavirus on nursing homes, the Legislature late Monday approved a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to allow seniors and people with disabilities to receive care in their homes, improving their lives and reducing their risk of exposure.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Poway Synagogue Tragedy Bill Sent to the Governor Senator Portantino Continues Leadership on Gun Control

September 1, 2020

Sacramento, California – Senator Anthony J. Portantino’s (D–La Cañada Flintridge) SB 914 to address concerns related to the tragic synagogue shooting in Poway has now passed the Legislature and will go to the Governor’s Desk for a signature

Senator Bill Dodd

Legislature Approves Sen. Dodd’s Maternity Care Access & Equity Plan

September 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Heeding the call for greater access to maternity care, especially for women of color, the Legislature late Monday approved a bill from Sens. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles and Assemblymember Autumn Burke, D- Inglewood, to expand the role of nurse-midwives across California. Senate Bill 1237, sponsored by the California Nurse-Midwives Association and Black Women for Wellness, heads next to Gov. Gavin Newsom for a signature.

Senator Jim Beall

SB-803 Peer Support Specialist Certification and Peer Support Services, is on its way to the Governors Desk

September 1, 2020

Sacramento, CA – Tonight the California Senate voted to pass SB 803 (Beall, D- San Jose), which establishes statewide peer support training and certification standards to bill for peer support services allowing counties to draw down millions in federal funding. Right now, there are thirty-four counties currently operating peer programs outside of their Medi-Cal program that would be able to take advantage of reimbursements from federal funds.

Senator Jim Beall

Legislature Passes Senator Beall’s Bill to Increase Housing and Protect Open Space in the City of San Jose (SB 940)

September 1, 2020

Sacramento, CA - Senator Beall’s legislation authorizing the City of San Jose to make zoning changes that will increase housing construction and protect open space, Senate Bill 940 (SB 940), passed the Legislature today. SB 940 allows the City to proactively increase housing capacity in the urban core and simultaneously protect open space outside of the urban growth boundary. This legislation will boost high capacity housing production and mitigate future wildfire risk by reducing urban sprawl and protecting open space — both key steps in addressing our climate and housing crises.

Senator Nancy Skinner

CA Legislature OK’s Sen. Skinner’s SB 1064 on Fairness in Parole Hearings

September 1, 2020

The California Legislature on Monday approved SB 1064, a bill by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would eliminate the use of uncorroborated allegations from in-custody informants and prevent such allegations from being the basis for denying parole to an incarcerated individual.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

PRESS STATEMENT: SB1120 is a bridge too far

September 1, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               

CONTACT: ANNE M. DI GRAZIA

anne.digrazia@sen.ca.gov

(916) 651-4030 (Office)

SB1120 is a bridge too far

SACRAMENTO- SB 1120 (Atkins) would allow single-family zoned lots to subdivide a property.  

 

Senator Bob Wieckowski

California Legislature passes landmark bill to license debt collectors

August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO – With an eye toward shielding consumers from unscrupulous debt collectors preying on California families during the COVID-19 induced economic crisis, the state Legislature today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to license debt collectors and debt buyers operating in California.  The bill, SB 908, now heads to Governor Newsom for his consideration.  It is supported by a large coalition of consumer organizations and legal service providers.

Senator Susan Rubio

CA Legislature Passes Senator Rubio’s Domestic Violence Bill Expanding Protections for Victims

August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA –The California Legislature today passed a bill by Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that would expand protections for domestic violence survivors by allowing them to describe psychologically damaging and abusive behavior as supporting evidence in family court hearings and criminal trials. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.